The Bold Adventurer - Seven Virtues of Manhood 2024
For February our virtue is The Bold Adventurer with the tagline, “Go courageously.” In the first week of February, we ask the boys to memorize Joshua 1:9 – “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” What a promise from the God of the universe that he will be with us wherever we go. When we realize how much our heavenly father loves us, we are free to take risks, step out of our comfort zone, and overcome fears. “We go courageously because we’re loved securely.”
The website, All Pro Dad, list seven ways that we as parents can teach our children to be courageous and become bold adventurers.
Show Them What Bravery Looks Like
Allow them to witness you stepping out of your comfort zones.
Challenge and Praise
We naturally want to protect our children at all times. However, we also must challenge them constantly to try new things and to do things they may fear.
Invoke Culture and Heritage
Teaching children their history and where they came from gives them the base they require to display courage.
Point Out Real Life Models
Encourage Them to Reach Out
Encourage them to befriend the child on the outside looking in.
Build Confidence and Conviction
Build and nourish confidence within your children. Help them know their core identity is not in their performance, what others say about them, or the sum of their possessions. Their identity should be found in the fact that they were crafted with love by the hands of the Creator.
Get creative. Come up with different scenarios involving potential acts of bravery and courage.
Another great resource to help parents teach their children courage and bravery is Free Range Kids.
As always, thank you for allowing us to partner with you in helping your sons grow in wisdom and stature and favor with God and man.